Cochran’s Ski Club

Cochran’s Ski Club is dedicated to providing alpine race training opportunities to children ages 6 and up in a family oriented environment. Club kids should demonstrate an outward interest in ski racing and have at least advanced beginner ski skills. In addition to training and competition, the club engages in a variety of related social activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. We encourage every child to participate in some races, regardless of their ski racing ability. We strive to give club kids a sense of accomplishment through improvement in their skiing skills in the context of ski racing. In reaching these objectives we never overlook the fact that the purpose of ski racing or of any competitive sport is to have fun! 

Our philosophy is described in The Cochran Way

Watch this video by our friends at T-Bar Films for a little taste of amazing:

  • Cochran’s Ski Club membership registrations for the 20-21 season will be available in September, email us if you’d like to be on our mailing list!  You can preview membership fees here:  Membership Fees 2020-21
  • PLEASE NOTE: The State of Vermont has granted specific permissions to conduct Alpine Race Club training and racing.  You can view our current COVID guidelines for Cochran’s Ski Club here: Cochrans-Ski-Club-Covid-19-Guidelines-updated-12-22-20.pdf.  Please also review Cochran’s Ski Area’s Winter Operations Protocols for COVID-19.  All Cochran’s Ski Club families have signed this Member Commitment to Good Health & Safe Practices document.
  • Dryland training 2020 begins September 27 at Cochran’s Ski Area.  Here’s the full schedule: Dryland Training 20-21. Dryland training is continuing throughout fall and early winter, scheduled for members by coaches.
  • On-snow training Schedule: Training Schedule 2020-21.  We anticipate changes to help keep people safe and will comply with the Governor’s direction on group sizes and all other precautions.
  • Cochran’s Ski Club Coaches Coming Soon!
  • All members of Cochran’s Ski Club must also be registered with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association.  Please note USS&S will not refund membership fees.  If you are new to Cochran’s Ski Club, please confirm placement before joining USS&S.
  • The Race Schedule for 2020-21 is in the works with VARA and USS&S.  Coaches will provide athletes with race schedules.  Updates to the Northern Vermont Council (NVC) race schedule can be found on VARA
  • Athletes who participate in NVC races must also be registered with VARA.  VARA fees are not refundable.
  • Coaches will determine race schedule with U16-U19 athletes.
  • Cochran’s Ski Club has financial assistance available.  Please check back later for updates, or email with your questions.
  • U16+ Program Description
  • Ski Club Primer.  Volunteering at races and other events is at the heart of Ski Club engagement.  There are lots of opportunities to help with the races!
  • See lots of fun pictures and posts on our Facebook page
  • Cochran’s Ski Club follows Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies of USS&S.  Click here for the MAAPP.

Cochran’s Ski Club accepts tax-deductible donations to our Financial Assistance Program, or General Fund.  Donations can be sent via check to Cochran’s Ski Club, PO Box 104, Richmond, VT  05477, via or via Paypal.

Cochran’s Ski Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your donations are tax-deductible.  Thank you.

It's a good time to make a donation.

For another fun way to show your support, you can now purchase Cochran’s Ski Club Neckies, Water Bottles and T-shirts on-line, any time!

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Interested in Coaching with Cochran’s Ski Club?  Please contact Program Director Bobby Farrell (

Calling all Cochran’s Ski Club Alumni!  We’re looking forward to celebrating 50 years of Cochran’s Ski Club in 2022, and want to connect with our entire ski club family for a celebration.  Please send us an email to make sure we know how to get in touch:

COVID-19 is made this season a little different, and with true Cochran’s spirit and some amazing snow, it is still one of the best!  You can review organizational changes here: USS&S COVID-19 Alpine Domestic Competitions Guidance.  VARA has posted a collection of return-to-sport guidelines and best practices.

Cochran’s Ski Club has a new Program Director.  Bobby Farrell, whom some of you may have met when he coached the U16-19 age group 2 seasons ago, is a highly accomplished Division 1 ski racer.  While he was raised in Southern VT, Bobby was often on the Cochran hill growing up. (You might remember that his father, Jim Farrell – Cochran’s current Head U16-19 coach – was the original Cochran’s racer.)  Bobby is a long time friend of the Cochran family and is well-steeped in the Cochran Way.   He understands the importance of the collaborative relationship between the Ski Area and the Ski Club as well as the importance of keeping things fun.  Bobby has a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UVM, and when he’s not focused on our athletes, provides his engineering expertise to ski areas.

Equipment Tips: VARA created a guide to help with Alpine Race equipment selection: VARA Equipment Sizing and Tips 2019.  And check this too: Helmet shopping tips.



Email with any questions.